Vole

Appearance

Resembling a mouse but with a stouter body and a shorter hairy tail.

Color

Reddish brown with lighter underbelly.

Size

Can range from 3 to 10 inches in length.

Habitat

Consists of moist, dense grassland with substantial amounts of plant litter. Habitat selection is largely influenced by relative ground cover of grasses.

Interesting Facts

Voles will target plants more than most other small animals.

How can I gain control of voles in my lawn?

Modifying their habitat is the best way to gain control over voles. Eliminate weeds, heavy mulch and dense vegetation. These items provide food and protection from predators. You can also protect plants and young trees with wire cylinders that have a mesh size no larger than 1/4 inch. The cylinder should be buried at least six inches below the surface to prevent voles from tunneling beneath it.

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